Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Tricuspid Valve Disease?

Tricuspid valve disease can result after an episode of rheumatic fever, an inflammatory disease of the heart and joints that may develop after strep throat or scarlet fever. In scarlet fever, a red rash that appears most often on the chest, back or abdomen. It is sometimes called "sandpaper rash" because it raises the skin and makes it feel like sandpaper.

Be aware of these symptoms and make sure the infection is treated adequately:

  • Throat pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
  • Tiny red spots on the soft or hard palate, the back part of the roof of the mouth
  • Swollen, tender lymph glands in your neck
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Stomach ache and sometimes vomiting, especially in younger children
  • Fatigue

Tricuspid valve stenosis

Signs and symptoms of tricuspid valve stenosis include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Palpitations (an unusual awareness of the heartbeat)
  • Chest pain (occasionally)

Tricuspid valve insufficiency/regurgitation

Signs and symptoms of tricuspid valve insufficiency/regurgitation include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue

Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

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Referring Physicians
Open communication and cooperation with referring physicians is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with treating cardiovascular conditions. For physician-to-physician consultation regarding the best patient care, please contact the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, please call 847.53.HEART (534.3278).

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Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, please call 630.232.0280

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
For information regarding cardiovascular clinical trials: